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CrewConnect Global Conference & Exhibition
November 2022
Manila, Philippines

Liang Wu
PhD Candidate, SSRC, and Wenner-Gren Doctoral Researcher | CES and Ralph Bunche Dissertation Fellow Waterfront Scholar at Anthropology Department The Graduate Center of the City University of New York NSF/ Waterfront Alliance


Liang Wu is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He has been studying the international shipping industry and seafarers' lives since 2006. Supported by the National Science Foundation and the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies among other organizations, his dissertation project is situated at the intersection of oceanic, critical mobility, and science and technology studies. It examines the meanings and lived experiences of contemporary seamanship that are integral to the transportation of 90% of global trade. Through long-term engagement at the ports of Hong Kong and New York, fieldwork on board container ships, archival studies, and online ethnography, his research covers the technoeconomic, infrastructural, and legal developments of shipping in the postwar era, the concomitant changing society and culture of port cities and shipboard communities, politics of mobility generated by the global expedition of material goods and products, as well as the mechanisms and mediations through which multinational seafarers navigate their overseas relationships, job conditions, state administrations, and international law. He is recently appointed as a Waterfront Scholar at the Waterfront Alliance and interviewed along with Marc Levinson about the state of container shipping and seafaring. Through his work, Wu sheds light on the lifeways of seafarers as humans at sea and essential workers sustaining societies and economies around the world, and reflects on the complex reality of globalization, supply chain logistics and politics, techno-capitalism, and labor. More information at his LinkedIn:

Agenda Sessions

  • Indispensable but Invisibilized and Immobilized: How the Shipping Industry Can Address the Human Element in the New Normal